Pathology for Massage Therapists
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Varicose Veins
Definition: abnormally enlarged veins
Causes: improper functioning of the valves in the veins, weakened linings of the wall of the vein, injury, trauma, vitamin C deficiency, overweight, lack of exercise, pregnancy
Signs/Symptoms: bulging, blue veins, usually in the legs
Indications: Massage around vein
Contraindications: do not work directly on vein; Refer to Naturopath and/or Acupuncturist for treatment of nutritional deficiencies

Definition: small growths on skin
Causes: viruses
Signs/Symptoms: bumps on skin, singly or in clusters
Indications: Massage
Contraindications: Avoid direct contact with area; may be contagious

Definition: traumatic injury to the neck most commonly associated with car accident; acceleration/deceleration
Causes: rapid deceleration, injuries, trauma
Signs/Symptoms: dizziness, pain in neck, muscle guarding, TMJ, inner ear disturbances, concussions
Indications: Massage as per your level of training. treatment differs as to type of accident (rear end collision, head on collision or side impact collision)
Contraindications: Have Physician evaluate traumatic injuries
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